The city of La Crosse benefits greatly from having three institutions of higher learning. Thousands of students call La Crosse home while they spend four or more years earning their degrees. They pour millions of dollars into the local economy during their time here, keeping the registers ringing at stores, restaurants and bars. But at some point it is time for them to go. And that time is coming soon. This is finals week, and over the next couple of weeks those who have finished their education will be setting out to embark on a career, or perhaps move to their parent’s basement. We wish them luck, and hope they enjoyed their time in La Crosse. But frankly, as much as I enjoy how much vibrancy these young people add to our community, it is time for them to go. I enjoy summers in La Crosse, when things are a little less crowded, and messy, and loud. I have students living in my neighborhood, and for the most part they are good neighbors. But with the weather warming and school responsibilities finished, they’ll go out with a bang with their yard parties and pub crawls. They’ll leave behind a mess as they take their next steps. We appreciate what these students bring to the community. I also appreciate it when they leave for a few months.